WHAT'S UP THE PIKE: Speed cameras could go statewide; Calverton blames recent graffiti on gang activity; Downcounty residents slam golf course proposal.
- Facing pressure from the County Council, School Board and over four hundred pissed high-schoolers, County Executive Ike Leggett decided to not to kill "Kids Ride Free, according to this week's Gazette.
As its name suggests, the program allows school-age bus riders in Montgomery County to take Ride On and some Metrobus routes for free. While many of Leggett's proposed budget cuts have stirred up controversy, it was Kids Ride Free - which would save the County a paltry $25,000 - that had the biggest backlash.
- Three days into its new session, the State legislature has promised money for the Purple Line, reports Purple Line Now!, the State's leading advocates for the proposed transitway between Bethesda and New Carrollton. A raft of elected officials - including Governor O'Malley, Lieutenant Governor Brown and Secretary of Transportation John Porcari - held a rally on Lawyers' Mall in Annapolis yesterday to announce their commitment of $100 million for the sixteen-mile-long line's preliminary engineering. In December, the Maryland Transit Administration released a study suggesting that, if built, the Purple Line could see as many as 47,000 riders a day.
UPDATE: The Post covers the new State budget including money for the Purple Line.